Finance Business Partner - Deal Finance and M&A

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
10 Feb 2021
25 Feb 2021
Job role
At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you'll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve no matter where you start with us.

In recent years AstraZeneca has been the leading dealmaker by overall volume within global large pharma. Deal Finance is responsible for leading the financial aspects of Business Development and M&A projects within AstraZeneca including valuation, financial analysis and deal structuring. In addition, Deal Finance provide dedicated support in the negotiation and execution of transactions.

This is an exciting and rare new opportunity, working closely with a Finance Deal Director / Head of Deal Finance to help develop business cases for in/out licencing deals, research collaborations and partnerships, product acquisitions/disposals, divestments and other business development projects.

This would ideally suit a candidate looking for their first role outside of a practice firm, or equally, someone looking to broaden their finance business partnering skills within the Pharma Business Development / Corporate Finance space.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Support senior Deal Finance team in all aspects of deal making within AZ
  • Ensuring that the quantitative aspect of a transaction opportunity (including business case, valuation, due diligence findings) are quality assured and that all key issues / sensitivities / risks are evaluated and accurately reflected.
  • Build complex, consistent and accurate transaction valuation models.
  • Accurately reflect the financial statement, tax and treasury implications of potential transactions within briefing materials, working with internal AZ specialist
  • Actively manage financial due diligence.
  • Provide input into financial terms in NBOs and contracts.
  • Present findings, alongside a senior Deal Finance colleague, to AZ senior management and other internal decision-making bodies.
  • Prepare and coordinate formal post-transaction accounting & tax memorandum for internal and external governance

Experience & Skills Required:
  • Strong academic background, preferably including financial qualification (e.g. ACA, CFA, MBA or equivalent).
  • Experience in financial evaluation techniques and financial modelling.
  • Good MS Excel (especially financial modelling) and PowerPoint skills
  • Good understanding of cash vs. profit
  • Strong understanding of value based cashflow metrics and their relevance in business evaluation
  • Analytical thinking, and ability to collate and analyse relevant data to identify key drivers of value and risk
  • Commitment to high quality standards, attention to detail and motivation to deliver results within tight deadlines.
  • Confident and clear presenter, who can communicate financial and strategic recommendations in a concise and impactful manner.
  • Aptitude for working in a fast-paced environment and able to effectively manage multiple projects with changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Keen interest in business development and the wider pharmaceutical industry

Competitive rates of pay apply

Opening date: 5/2/21

Closing date: 26/2/21

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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